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A big new report from the Hewlett Foundation pulls together existing research on social media, political polarization, and disinformation to show where we still need to know more.
“For a soft power approach to disinformation to work, it is critical that all stakeholders do in fact work together…If it fails, cruder responses may be the only ones left. But let’s hope not.”
“We’re making the kinds of judgments that we think will be noncontroversial, but still are the kind of judgments that platforms, rightly, don’t want to be making themselves.”
Plus: The lines between “fake news” and psyops, the Russians shared real news too, and “reality apathy.”
For example: How could we increase public demand for fact-based information? Would incentives work?
Scotland’s The Ferret has partnered with local newspapers to cross-publish its fact-checking stories and hosted workshops in more remote areas of the country, such as the Shetland Islands.
“The hope is that, if news organizations are more clear and transparent about what they’re doing, then users can make their own decisions.”
Plus: Google’s new but fairly useless “knowledge panels,” bots spreading misinformation in local races, and: When is misinformation most dangerous?